New Chairman wants IAM to take the lead on driver and rider safety
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Alistair Cheyne OBE, a former Deputy Managing Director of the AA, has taken over as Chairman of the
IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Previously IAM Vice Chairman, Alistair, 65, succeeds David
On taking up his new role, Alistair said: ‚ÄúThere is no greater contribution to road safety than helping
drivers and motorbike riders to maintain and develop their road skills. And no one has a better claim
than the IAM to lead the campaign for 'safer driving and riding'.
"We have an unmatched, UK-wide pool of advanced driving groups, a respected policy and research
operation and a revitalised commercial arm, providing occupational driver training to industry. They form
a unique combination capable of making an outstanding and practical contribution to road safety. I see it
as my job to ensure that they do just that."
Alistair hails originally from Aberdeen and now lives in Hampshire. He enjoyed a long and successful
career with the AA, where he worked his way up from office boy to Deputy Managing Director.
He had substantial experience of administration both operational and commercial at the AA, as well as
the core business, Roadside Services in which he made his greatest contribution. During his time, the
AA saw a steep rise in membership, as well as in member and staff satisfaction.
Alistair Cheyne is an Honorary Life Governor of BEN, the motor trade charity, and he is active in the
Rotary Club. He was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to motoring.
Supporting Alistair are two new IAM Vice Chairmen:
David Jamieson is a former Road Safety Minister with many years' road safety policy experience.
During his time as a Government Minister, David saw through legislation to make driving with handheld
phone an endorsable offence, and the introduction of the Highways Agency Traffic Officers (HATOs).
Colin Skeen trained originally as a barrister but spent much of his career at the AA, where he was
Managing Director of member services and a member of the AA Committee, the AA's governing body.